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CorporateJapanAugust 28, 2009

Honda Sets All-Time Monthly Record for Production in China


TOKYO, Japan, August 28, 2009– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the month of July 2009, including an all-time record for any month for production in China.

<Production>
Production in Japan for the month of July 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the ninth consecutive month (since November 2008).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the tenth consecutive month (since October 2008), although setting an all-time record for any month for production in China.

Worldwide production experienced a year-on-year decrease for the ninth consecutive month (since November 2008).

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Total Japan domestic market auto sales for the month of July 2009 experienced a year-on-year increase for the first time in three months (since April 2009).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year increase for the fourth consecutive month (since April 2009).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decrease for the eighth consecutive month (since December 2008).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s second best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of July 2009 with sales of 17,003 units. Insight was the industry’s fourth best-selling car with sales of 10,210 units.

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Zest was the industry’s seventh best-selling car in the mini-vehicle category for the month of July 2009, with sales of 5,027 units. Life was the industry’s eighth best-selling car with sales of 4,926 units.

<Exports from Japan>
Total exports from Japan in July 2009 experienced a year-on-year decrease for the tenth consecutive month (since October 2008).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS

Worldwide Production
  July Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Jul. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  Japan
79,316
-29.3%
455,679
-35.9%
  Outside of Japan
179,656
-21.9%
1,120,605
-30.8%
Worldwide Total
258,972
-24.3%
1,576,284
-32.3%


Production Outside of Japan
  July Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Jul. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  North America
69,949
-38.0%
526,925
-38.5%
  (USA)
48,670
-37.6%
360,367
-39.6%
  Europe
9,343
-48.9%
26,776
-81.3%
  Asia
84,856
-1.1%
479,857
-6.3%
  (China)
57,385
+4.5%
319,389
+3.5%
  Others
15,508
+18.3%
87,047
-19.0%
Overseas Total
179,656
-21.9%
1,120,605
-30.8%



Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type July Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Jul. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  Registrations
44,045
+8.9%
239,396
-9.3%
  Mini Vehicles
13,328
-1.6%
99,794
-18.1%
Honda Brand Total
57,373
+6.3%
339,190
-12.1%


Export from Japan
  July Year-to-Date Total
(Jan. - Jul. 2009)
Units
vs.'08
Units
vs.'08
  North America
11,044
-50.7%
92,460
-57.1%
  (USA)
11,006
-49.7%
84,720
-58.9%
  Europe
5,680
-66.2%
48,350
-24.8%
  Asia
1,030
-73.4%
6,549
-73.3%
  Others
2,222
-83.3%
17,453
-76.2%
Total
19,976
-64.6%
164,812
-56.3%


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